(1)   With parts removed
"The drastically cut film"
(2)   Separated into parts or laid open or penetrated with a sharp edge or instrument
"The cut surface was mottled"
"Cut tobacco"
"Blood from his cut forehead"
"Bandages on her cut wrists"
(3)   (of pages of a book) having the folds of the leaves trimmed or slit
"The cut pages of the book"
(4)   Fashioned or shaped by cutting
"A well-cut suit"
"Cut diamonds"
"Cut velvet"
(5)   Mixed with water
"Sold cut whiskey"
"A cup of thinned soup"
(6)   (used of rates or prices) reduced usually sharply
"The slashed prices attracted buyers"
(7)   Wounded by cutting deeply
"Got a gashed arm in a knife fight"
"Had a slashed cheek from the broken glass"
(8)   (used of grass or vegetation) cut down with a hand implement or machine
"The smell of newly mown hay"
(9)   (of a male animal) having the testicles removed
"A cut horse"
(10)   Made neat and tidy by trimming
"His neatly trimmed hair"


(11)   An unexcused absence from class
"He was punished for taking too many cuts in his math class"
(12)   The act of reducing the amount or number
"The mayor proposed extensive cuts in the city budget"
(13)   The act of shortening something by choping off the ends
"The barber gave him a good cut"
(14)   The act of cutting something into parts
"His cuts were skillful"
"His cutting of the cake made a terrible mess"
(15)   The act of penetrating or opening open with a sharp edge
"His cut in the lining revealed the hidden jewels"
(16)   The division of a deck of cards before dealing
"He insisted that we give him the last cut before every deal"
"The cutting of the cards soon became a ritual"
(17)   (sports) a stroke that puts reverse spin on the ball
"Cuts do not bother a good tennis player"
(18)   In baseball; a batter's attempt to hit a pitched ball
"He took a vicious cut at the ball"
(19)   A refusal to recognize someone you know
"The snub was clearly intentional"
(20)   A trench resembling a furrow that was made by erosion or excavation
(21)   A canal made by erosion or excavation
(22)   The style in which a garment is cut
"A dress of traditional cut"
(23)   The omission that is made when an editorial change shortens a written passage
"An editor's deletions frequently upset young authors"
"Both parties agreed on the excision of the proposed clause"
(24)   A distinct selection of music from a recording or a compact disc
"He played the first cut on the cd"
"The title track of the album"
(25)   (film) an immediate transition from one shot to the next
"The cut from the accident scene to the hospital seemed too abrupt"
(26)   A remark capable of wounding mentally
"The unkindest cut of all"
(27)   A piece of meat that has been cut from an animal carcass
(28)   A share of the profits
"Everyone got a cut of the earnings"
(29)   A wound made by cutting
"He put a bandage over the cut"
(30)   A step on some scale
"He is a cut above the rest"


(31)   Cut off the testicles (of male animals such as horses)
"The vet gelded the young horse"
(32)   Have grow through the gums
"The baby cut a tooth"
(33)   Cut and assemble the components of
"Edit film"
"Cut recording tape"
(34)   Lessen the strength or flavor of a solution or mixture
"Cut bourbon"
(35)   Reduce in scope while retaining essential elements
"The manuscript must be shortened"
(36)   Cease, stop
"Cut the noise"
"We had to cut short the conversation"
(37)   Cut down on; make a reduction in
"Reduce your daily fat intake"
"The employer wants to cut back health benefits"
(38)   Weed out unwanted or unnecessary things
"We had to lose weight, so we cut the sugar from our diet"
(39)   Refuse to acknowledge
"She cut him dead at the meeting"
(40)   Make out and issue
"Write out a check"
"Cut a ticket"
"Please make the check out to me"
(41)   Hit (a ball) with a spin so that it turns in the opposite direction
"Cut a Ping-Pong ball"
(42)   Cause to stop operating by disengaging a switch
"Turn off the stereo, please"
"Cut the engine"
"Turn out the lights"
(43)   Separate with or as if with an instrument
"Cut the rope"
(44)   Divide a deck of cards at random into two parts to make selection difficult
"Wayne cut"
"She cut the deck for a long time"
(45)   Style and tailor in a certain fashion
"Cut a dress"
(46)   Form by probing, penetrating, or digging
"Cut a hole"
"Cut trenches"
"The sweat cut little rivulets into her face"
(47)   Create by duplicating data
"Cut a disk"
"Burn a CD"
(48)   Record a performance on (a medium)
"Cut a record"
(49)   Make a recording of
"Cut the songs"
"She cut all of her major titles again"
(50)   Stop filming
"Cut a movie scene"
(51)   Make an abrupt change of image or sound
"Cut from one scene to another"
(52)   Turn sharply; change direction abruptly
"The car cut to the left at the intersection"
"The motorbike veered to the right"
(53)   Give the appearance or impression of
"Cut a nice figure"
(54)   Intentionally fail to attend
"Cut class"


ME cutten, kytten, ketten, kitten, OE *cyttan; from } (Cf. Norwegian kutte), akin to OSw kotta "to cut", ON kuti "little knife"


  1. Having been cut.
  2. Reduced.
    The pitcher threw a cut fastball that was slower than his usual pitch.
    Cut brandy is a liquor made of brandy and hard grain liquor.
  3. Carved into a shape; not raw.
  4. Played with a horizontal bat to hit the ball backward of point.
  5. Having muscular definition in which individual groups of muscle fibers stand out among larger muscles.
    • 1988, Steve Holman, "Christian Conquers Columbus", Ironman 47 (6): 28-34.
      Or how 'bout Shane DiMora? Could he possibly get rip-roaring cut this time around?
  6. Circumcised.


  1. An opening resulting from cutting.
    Look at this cut on my finger!
  2. The act of cutting.
    He made a fine cut with his sword.
  3. The result of cutting.
  4. A share or portion.
    The lawyer took a cut of the profits.
  5. A batsman's shot played with a swinging motion of the bat, to hit the ball backward of point.
  6. Sideways movement of the ball through the air caused by a fast bowler imparting spin to the ball.
  7. The act or right of dividing a deck of playing cards.
    The player next to the dealer makes a cut by placing the bottom half on top.
  8. The manner or style a garment is fashioned in.
    I like the cut of that suit.
  9. A slab, especially of meat.
    That’s our finest cut of meat.
  10. An attack made with a chopping motion of the blade, landing with its edge or point.
  11. A deliberate snub, typically a refusal to return a bow or other acknowledgement of acquaintance.
  12. A definable part, such as an individual song, of a recording, particularly of commercial records, audio tapes, CDs, etc.
    The drummer on the last cut of their CD is not identified.
  13. A truncation, a context that represents a moment in time when other archaeological deposits were removed for the creation of some feature such as a ditch or pit.


  1. To perform an incision, for example with a knife.
    I cut the skin on my arm.
  2. To divide with a knife, scissors, or another sharp instrument.
    Would you please cut the cake?
  3. To separate from prior association; to remove a portion of a recording during editing.
    Travis was cut from the team.
  4. To enter a queue in the wrong place.
    One student kept trying to cut in front of the line.
  5. To cease recording activities.
    After the actors read their lines, the director yelled "Cut!"
  6. To reduce, especially intentionally.
    They're going to cut salaries by fifteen percent.
  7. To form or shape by cutting.
    I have three diamonds to cut today.
  8. To intersect or cross in such a way as to divide in half or nearly so.
    This road cuts right through downtown.
  9. To make the ball spin sideways by running one's fingers down the side of the ball while bowling it.
  10. To not attend a class, especially when not permitted.
    I cut fifth period to hang out with Angela.
  11. To change direction suddenly.
    The football player cut to his left to evade a tackle.
  12. To divide a pack of playing cards into two
    If you cut then I'll deal.

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